V o o r e e n d i v e r s e e n i n c l u s i e v e s a m e n l e v i n g

The COC is actively committed to a diverse and inclusive society. We connect the rainbow movement and stand up for emancipation, acceptance and equal rights for lhbti+ persons.

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This is what we stand for

Our vision

We believe in a world where everyone can be themselves in freedom and safety. Where you can love who you want. Where everyone can participate and people have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics. In the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Because that is what everyone.

Our mission

We actively work for emancipation, acceptance and equal rights of lhbti+ persons in the Netherlands and around the world. We do this together with people from the community and with allies. We are active in many areas, focusing on youth & education, your interests, international, culture & faith, over-50s, movement, queers of color, safety, welfare, workplace, lifestyle.

Our origins

Of course, we would have preferred to say we were no longer needed by now, but there is still work to be done. For example. seven in ten lhbti+ persons face physical or verbal violence in their lifetime because of who they are, and lhbti+ persons are still criminalized in nearly seventy countries. Founded in 1946, COC is now the longest-standing lhbti+ advocacy organization in the world. We have twenty regional associations, which means there is always a COC near you.

Our work

We make sure lhbti+ persons are heard and amplify your voice. Together with you, we work for change. With students we ensure safe schools and with foreign activists we work for equal rights. We also make sure your voice is heard in politics and the media. We connect people and propose concrete solutions. In this way we achieve tangible results and together we bring about much-needed changes.

Our results

Together we achieve much in the areas of emancipation, acceptance and equal rights. Think of opening up marriage, obligatory attention to acceptance at school and a legal ban on lhbti+ discrimination. In recent decades the Netherlands has thought much more positively about lhbti+ persons. We support lhbti+ activists in more than 35 countries. Is that enough? No, the Netherlands no longer belongs to the leading group of countries where lhbti+ rights are well regulated. And in many countries the rainbow community is still persecuted and imprisoned. So we still desperately need your help!

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Important news and publications

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Onderzoek naar daten, relaties en (ex-)partnergeweld onder lhbt+ jongeren

Donate, make a contribution or help out for lhbti+ individuals at the COC.

Without your help, there is no COC. With your activism and donations, we achieve greater emancipation, social acceptance and equal rights. So we desperately need you - whether you contribute with time, knowledge or money.

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Start a GSA at your school

A Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a group of students who, with the support of COC, work to create a safe environment at school for everyone.

Want to know more? Look here
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Join the Jong&Out community

Our Jong&Out community is there for everyone up to 18 years old, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics. Jong&Out is the place to meet other (lhbti+) young people online and offline in a safe way.

More information can be found here
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Take a look at Expreszo

Expresszo is an online magazine for and by queer youth that provides lhbti+ youth with interesting and fun articles, tips and education. It is full of stories that do not yet get as much space in the mainstream media.

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Join the Pink 50+ community

Are you looking for information, activities and opportunities to meet each other as a pink 50+ person? Then join our Roze 50+ community! Learn more at Roze50plus.nl.

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Apply for a Roze Loper through RozeZorg

The Roze Loper is an official seal of approval for health and welfare institutions. Institutions with a Roze Loper seal of approval work on social acceptance and inclusion of lhbti+ persons. Want to apply for a Roze Loper?

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Logo of Respect2Love. Respect2Love is a community for and by lhbti+ persons of different cultural or religious backgrounds.

Join Respect2Love

Respect2Love is our community for and by lhbti+ persons from different cultural or religious backgrounds. Together we share information, advice and organize meetings. In our Respect2Love Empowerment program, lhbti+ persons from diverse backgrounds develop into leaders in their own communities and society. 

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Visit an AutiRose event

AutiRoze exists to help lhbti+ with autism find their place in the rainbow community, the autism community and society as a whole. They regularly organize fun and social gatherings.

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Join Pink Gesture

Roze Gebaar is the online community of, for and by deaf and hard of hearing lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex persons (lhbtis) throughout the Netherlands. On RozeGebaar.nl you will find information about gay and bisexuality and gender identity and an overview of activities throughout the country.

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Check out our website Without Stamp

Zonderstempel.nl is a website by and for lhbti+ persons with intellectual disabilities. In their meeting cafes they regularly organize pleasant and enjoyable gatherings.

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Become a volunteer at COC Switchboard

Switchboard is here for all lhbti+ persons and anyone else who needs information, advice, support and a listening ear. You can talk and ask questions here without being judged.

Become a volunteer

COC in your area

No matter where you live, there is always a COC nearby that you can count on. A regional COC educates lhbti+ in schools, organizes social activities, works on safety and acceptance, and does much more. Locally, we represent your interests, making us the first point of contact for many. We welcome you with open arms!